The employees of the Activision Blizzard group have not been able to rest for years. There seems to be no more job security in the numerous offices of the developer and publisher. After it was recently said that jobs would be cut in the esports sector, it is now the turn of the employees who deal with the publishing of Activision and Blizzard titles in Europe, according to a report by the GamesIndustry.biz authors.
Accordingly, preparations for the fourth wave of layoffs will be made within six months. The publishing offices in Europe are affected, namely in the Netherlands, France, Spain, Great Britain and also in Germany. A consultation round has started in this regard. The offices of the Activision Blizzard subsidiary King will probably remain untouched. The reason for the upcoming job cuts: Gamers are increasingly buying their games digitally, a spokesman for Activision Blizzard of GamesIndustry is quoted as saying.
"We have discussed with our teams in Europe how we will evolve as an organization and adapt to these changes in order to serve our players and position the region in the best possible way for future growth. We will take extensive measures to improve all employees support and facilitate the transition for those of our colleagues who may be affected by the proposed changes. " Jobs that ensure the operation of Activision Blizzard's games, or that have to do with development, should not be affected.
Bye Blizzard in Europe?
For a long time, those responsible at Activision Blizzard have been pursuing the idea of consolidating all offices spread across Europe in the so-called London Hub; a former employee confirmed this to us. This idea was also the impetus behind the closure of the European Activision Blizzard headquarters in Versailles. Then, however, the pandemic intervened; with that the complete closure of Versailles was decided.
With the closure of the offices in Versailles and The Hague, the cuts in positions in the Asia-Pacific region and the cuts in esports, the wave of layoffs that began in February 2019 has been going on for more than two years. What the Activision Blizzard office landscape will look like in the end is probably in the stars. Between 2017 and 2019, five of the developer's and publisher's international offices were closed; the annual report for 2020 is not yet available.
Apparently, however, one of the strategies pursued is to merge all of the offices that Blizzard itself has built over years of work and in the wake of WoW's success in Europe. Our source suspects (and fears) behind the closings, especially for Blizzard, a departure from the primarily community-driven success. These assumptions, however, already indicated the news to the European community managers for World of Warcraft (buy now € 14.99 ), Hearthstone, Diablo and Co. too.
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